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NIAA Hall of Fame to receive 14 new inductees for 2024

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, the non-profit governing body of high school sports in the Silver State, will be inducting 14 Northern Nevadans to its Hall of Fame this summer. The 14 individuals set to be inducted Thursday, June 13 (in Reno) as the 30th class – Artis Brandt, Timi Brown, Steve Clausen, Ward Coates (posthumously), John Dibble, Mitchell Domagala, Richard Kaufmann, Warren Mills, Jonas Prida, Leoncio Reyes (posthumously), George Smith (posthumously), Robert Sullivan, Janelle Wells (Chandler) & Matt Williams – have secured for themselves a special place in the history of Nevada high school athletics by the sheer magnitude of their contributions. Please click on the headline-link above to read more.




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NIAA Hall of Fame Mission Statement

“The purpose of the NIAA Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those outstanding individuals who have had a significant and positive impact on the lives of Nevada’s young people through their involvement as an administrator, athlete, coach, contributor and/or official.”

–        Dr. Jerry A. Hughes, former Executive Director, founder of the Hall of Fame and 2008 inductee


The NIAA Nomination & Selection Process:

            The NIAA Hall of Fame induction banquet and halftime recognition ceremony originated in 1992 as a goal of Dr. Jerry A. Hughes, former Executive Director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, to honor deserving individuals.

            The process for an individual to be inducted to the NIAA Hall of Fame is initiated when the candidate is nominated by a current or retired superintendent, NIAA Board of Control member, NIAA member-school athletic administrator/director or member of the media. Next, a selection committee representing various categories chooses the inductees. Those selected must finally be approved by the NIAA’s Board of Control.

            Nominees come from a possible five categories:  administrator, athlete, coach, contributor and official. An athlete may be nominated 15 years after his/her graduation from high school. Nominees for other categories may be submitted after the individual has served secondary education for at least 25 years. All nominees, however, must be retired from their area of work in order to be eligible.

            A special “thank you” goes out to all the individuals who submitted nominations, as well as to the members of the 2013 NIAA Hall of Fame selection committee. For more information about the NIAA Hall of Fame, please call (775) 453-1012.

            The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s office staff, Board of Control, member school athletic administrators and more than 38,000 high school student-athletes in the Silver State would like to thank all the people who are responsible for the success of Nevada high school activity programs.

            It is said that activities are the other half of education. The NIAA strongly believes in that statement. With the guidance of their teachers, coaches, administrators, officials and various contributors, Nevada’s high school student-athletes have the opportunity to learn, among many other things, the values of teamwork, commitment, loyalty and citizenship. We salute and thank you all for the outstanding support.